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ISBN13: 9780312674397
ISBN10: 0312674392
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The first ten lies they tell you in high school.
 
"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson's powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.
 
Speak was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.

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Freshman year at Merryweather High is not going well for Melinda Sordino. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, and now her friends — and even strangers — all hate her. So she stops trying, stops talking. She retreats into her head, and all the lies and hypocrisies of high school become magnified, leaving her with no desire to talk to anyone anyway. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either — there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. She can't just go on like this forever. Eventually, she's going to have to confront the thing she's avoiding, the thing that happened at the party, the thing that nobody but her knows. She's going to have to speak the truth.

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In this powerful novel, a teenage heroine delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school.

About the Author

LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON is the highly acclaimed author of several picture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, and a twelve-book middle grade series. She is best known for Speak, which is one of the most important YA novels published in the last two decades. She lives with her family in upstate New York.
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Reader Eternal, September 22, 2012 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
This book is a revelation. It's a stunning combination of spectacularly good writing and a storyline that will grip you from the first page. By turns heartbreaking, terrifying, and darkly funny, this is the kind of novel that will keep you up turning pages until three in the morning. I was so moved by this book that upon finishing it, I turned it over and immediately began to read it again. One of the best books I have read this year.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312674397
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
Situations / Sexual Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Sexual Abuse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.54 x 0.585 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 224 pages Square Fish - English 9780312674397 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Freshman year at Merryweather High is not going well for Melinda Sordino. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, and now her friends — and even strangers — all hate her. So she stops trying, stops talking. She retreats into her head, and all the lies and hypocrisies of high school become magnified, leaving her with no desire to talk to anyone anyway. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either — there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. She can't just go on like this forever. Eventually, she's going to have to confront the thing she's avoiding, the thing that happened at the party, the thing that nobody but her knows. She's going to have to speak the truth.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this powerful novel, a teenage heroine delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school.
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